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Art Gallery Opening - Sherry & Social at Park House Bulwell

A commemorative Mini Art Gallery is opening on Wednesday 7th October, 4pm-4.30pm – with a sherry and cheese reception, for residents and guests, to celebrate the artist Horace Smith who was a resident at Park House.  


The Park House Reception area is transformed into mini-art gallery, utilising this great space to display the variety of watercolours produced by past resident and amateur artist Horace.

Amongst the range of pictures Horace has painted; local scenes, people, animals and even  an ocean liner. There is a plaque commemorating Horace Smiths work and his life.



Horace was born on the 10th August 1937, he lived in Sneinton, St Annes. He never married or had any children.

He worked for the city council as a gardener for 30 years.

He  lived at Park House for almost two years. 

He painted form a young age as a hobby.


Park House is known for a variety of activities which often involve artistry of some form.

Care Home Manager Linda Britain welcomes community interaction and artist visits.


The home has a range of art adorning the walls and acting as 'signposts' for residents.




Posted on 03 Oct 2015
Melbourne House 'Imagine Art' Engages Residents

Music, singing, story-telling, and puppetry - timeless entertainment forms were brought to Melbourne House by the City Arts Imagine project.

Artist Amanda Smith enthralls our residents with her great story telling skills.



 The variety of art forms appealed to different individuals and this was part of the objective - to see what worked best for the residents.



'Lots of people smiled and laughed and focussed on the  storytelling and other planned exercises.  We also had some very special moments with individual residents, in particular with Anton, who was drawing on his etcher sketch. I took the Starchild puppet over and he held her hand and encouraged her to draw the picture with him. I felt that we had really reached him and her remained focused for some considerable time.'

 Activitiy Coordinator Tracey engages resident Ethel with the music box.

The programme Imagine is one of only four nationally to be awarded money from Arts Council England and The Baring Foundation’s Arts and Older People in Care fund. The 3-year project will use the arts to enrich the lives of older residents, better involving them in the wider community and supports residents to connect with people of all ages.


The consortium consists of , City Arts, Nottingham City Council,The Abbeyfield Societyand the University of Nottingham. Wider partners include partner care homes and Nottingham’s arts venues, galleries and museums services.

Posted on 03 Sep 2015
Robin Hood Challenge - Joanne Runs for Park House Residents

 'This is my first half Marathon since a fall earlier this year, I have been training now for 6 months and I am raising money for the residents fund at Park House where my Gran happily lives and has loads of friends, I will be running for all the residents there.' Said Joanne Wilson

Joanne visits her Gran - Mary Ball -  at Park House Care Home, Bulwell, frequently and even brings her little dog - Barlow, as Mary loves to see him.


Mary has been a resident here for over four years, one of our longest residents and this is her home where she has many friends and interests.


The Robin Hood Marathon starts and finishes at Victoria Embankment, Trent Bridge on the 27th September.

Please support Joanne in helping with the residents fund by sponsoring her.


Contact Caroline Downing at Park House; caroline.downing@eastgatecare.co.uk

and pledge your support for our runner Joanne.



We look forward to seeing Joanne in her Eastgate running vest and offer our support for her in this event. All at Eastgate are 'rooting' for Joanne and appreciate all the training and effort she is dedicating to this event.


Joanne says; This is my 2nd half marathon. My first was last year but I had not been training long and cried most of the way round! This year I plan to enjoy it. I started training in December but then had a nasty fall down the stairs and broke two ribs. So re started the training at the end of April.


Mary loves the outings, arranged by Katie the Activities Coordinator and Joanne having seen the enjoyment of the residents, decided to raise money running the Robin Hood half marathon for the residents fund.

'I love my gran very much and would do anything for her. She was always there for all of us when we were growing up'


Posted on 31 Aug 2015
Inspired Inspection Results for Belle Vue Lodge

August 2015 - Congratulations go to Lisa Crewe and her team at our Mapperley Care Home for their recent inspection achievements.

The CQC results were very good, with the last word on the report ''Wonderful''

How good is that for team work - creating this wonderful environment for residents to safely enjoy!



Posted on 21 Aug 2015
Welcome to a new team leader - Sharon Di Maio

New Operations Manager Sharon Di Maio has quickly become established as a sound team leader at Eastgate Care;


Sharon Di Maio – Operations Manager is a professional proactive leader with a wealth of experience in a variety of healthcare settings, with a passion for caring and a natural inspiration to the carehome teams. In addition Sharon has detailed knowledge of dementia, an honours degree in the subject and full understanding of CQC compliance.


Already a reputable Eastgate team member and manager, Sharon’s aim is for Eastgate Care to be the best Care Provider in the area by; developing staff education and training programmes, implementing a dementia strategy, building excellent links with the communities and building on the reputation of the homes through robust systems and strategies.


It was with sadness that we saw the departure of Helen Belgrave earlier in the year, for personal reasons. We thank her for her commitment and wish her our best sentiments.


Sharon is based at the White Swan head office, Old Basford, Nottingham, but is more often to be found with the teams at one of the five Eastgate Care Homes.


Posted on 31 Jul 2015
Canal Vue Go French

Activities with a difference occured, when Activities Co-ordinator Megan White decided to celebrate Bastille Day with the residents at Canal Vue;


Inevitably a French affair requires food! Cook excelled himself and put on a great spread for this special occasion.


Megan didnt like the idea of eating the snails so decided to race them instead - perhaps something we could introduce to the French!

I wonder who won?

Theres always lots of different activities for the residents and staff to enjoy - variety is the spice of life! Staff and residents don their PJ's earlier in the year.



A little Vin to accompany the cheese on this occasion doesnt go amiss. Care home manager Cathy Brown and resident view the spread with anticipation on this shared occasion.

Posted on 31 Jul 2015
Celebrations Galore at Belle Vue

A special Birthday was enjoyed by Alex, (Alojzy Bieseck) one of Belle Vue's first residents. Shown below enjoying and sharing it with  staff and other residents.

The Belle Vue atrium was decorated for the occasion and is a great place to have a party and Alex's birthday lunch.

Sharing some cake with Clare.


Alex has enough puff to blow out the candles.

 It is party Month at Belle Vue, with 10 residents celebrating their birthdays. Such a social place - cook will be busy with all those cakes to make!


Lots of activities are planned with a trip to Nottingham Castle being a real highlight and the garden party summer favourite too.

Cream teas, Carribean night and always Coffee and Chat are on the agenda.


 Usual Monday memory boxes, food tasting Thursdays and pamper Fridays will all be taking place on a regular basis

Posted on 20 Jul 2015
Heartfelt Thanks to Kind and Caring Canal Vue Staff

......say it all,  expressed by John's relatives after his recent stay at Canal Vue ..................



Posted on 01 Jul 2015
1940's Event & Garden Social at Park House

Residents at Park House, Bulwell, have been enjoying the sunshine in their garden area and a special 1940's day;


Resident Margaret enjoying a sunny day in the garden and looking pleased, following indulging in a big ice cream.


Lovely smiley picture of carer Kelly Fletcher, appreciating a sunny day and some music in the garden. More of Kelly's talents below ...................

 1940's display adorns the spacious reception area - created by carer Andrew and the team using authentic memorabilia from that era.






Kelly dresses up and entertains the 'troops' and residents! They loved participating with the songs and the maracas always work a treat.


Resident Dorothy Leam relishes her rations, after a busy day of '40's entertainment at the care home. Pictured with Senior Carers Kirsty Greet and Michele Stevenson.


Look out for more Park House activities and their popular summer fare -

August 29th

Posted on 12 Jun 2015
Events to Share at Canal Vue

Two great events brought together residents, relatives and staff at Canal Vue;

Jodie Winfield, Andrew Paul, Stephanie Johnson, Megan White, Heather Raeside, Senga Thompson, Diana Draper and Holly Wardle and photographer/receptionist Jess.


Staff and residents 'don' their 'PJ's' for a day of films and 'feasting'.

Pure indulgence enjoyed by all as popcorn, hot chocolate and ice cream cones were served and films all day. They made lemonade and smoothies too. Below - 'caught in the act'

The Spring Fare once again brought together staff and residents, with visitors/relatives joining in, to enjoy a whole range of items for sale............ 


Cakes galore too!........


......& entertainment

Canal Vue - a great place to interact.


 We welcome new Care Home Manager Cathy Brown to the friendly team at Canal Vue. More news on Cathy and her involvement and plans next time




Posted on 02 Jun 2015

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